Thurmond Paternity Claim Valid, Family Says

Thurmond Paternity Claim Valid, Family Says L.A. Schoolteacher Is Acknowledged as Late Senator’s Child
By Marilyn W. Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 16, 2003; Page A01

After decades of denials, the family of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) acknowledged yesterday a claim made by a 78-year-old Los Angeles schoolteacher that she is the senator’s mixed-race daughter, a charge that had dogged her throughout her otherwise quiet life and shadowed Thurmond during his public career as a leading voice of racial segregation.

“As J. Strom Thurmond has passed away and cannot speak for himself, the Thurmond family acknowledges Ms. Essie Mae Washington-Williams’ claim to her heritage,” the lawyer for the Thurmond estate, J. Mark Taylor, said in a brief statement in Columbia, S.C. “We hope this acknowledgment will bring closure for Ms. Williams.”

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